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2.3m view David Attenborough's 'Africa' on iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is closing on a staggering 300m programme views after a record-breaking January, when an episode of David Attenborough's Africa racked up more than 2m requests.

After a record-breaking Christmas period, the BBC's catch-including children's up TV service followed that up with 272 million requests for TV and radio programming in January 2013, the highest ever monthly figure.

dav idThe first episode of David Attenborough's new series Africa led the way on TV requests, with 2.3m, and the show's second instalment also pulled in 1.7m requests.
Other popular TV programmes last month included the first episode of Top Gear series 19, which pulled in 1.9m requests, and two episodes from the new series of Miranda, with 1.8m and 1.79m requests.

January 2013 was the first time that all top 20 most requested TV shows had over 1m views, including children's show The Dumping Ground and comedy Mrs Brown's Boys also proving hugely popular.

On radio, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz led the way, with two episodes both getting 130,000 requests, ahead of The Unbelievable Truth and live tennis coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The BBC said that iPlayer's massive growth in January was driven in part by more mobile and tablet use, which have both more than doubled over the past year.

Smartphones and tablets now account for 16% and 15% respectively of iPlayer usage (excluding Virgin Media and Sky+), up from just 6% for both in January 2012.iplayer

This has been mirrored by a decline in use of iPlayer on computers, from 62% at the start of last year to just 46% in January 2013.

Dave Price, the head of BBC iPlayer, said: "BBC iPlayer had a record-breaking festive period, with performance driven by new mobiles and tablets unwrapped on Christmas Day, and it looks like these devices have yet to be put down.

"There were 272m requests for TV and radio programmes in iPlayer throughout January, with TV requests from mobiles and tablets rocketing - and up 32% in just one month.

"We'll build on this in 2013, ensuring audiences continue to enjoy watching and listening to their favourite BBC programmes whenever and wherever they are."

The BBC also said that the increase in reported requests in January was down to a fix implemented for radio stats, meaning there were no longer any "measurement issues".


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Written by: lucyrr
Feb 28th, 2013, 4:24 pm

Images courtesy of BBC One

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